On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we welcome jill-of-all-trades, Gail Simmons. Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine, judge on Top Chef and Top Chef Duels (Bravo, WED 10PM EST), as well as host of FYI’s The Feed (FYI, THURS, 10PM EST), Gail may be best know for organizing events and overseeing competitions, but she also knows the challenges of one-upmanship. Gail’s modesty precedes her, having toiled as a food writer in Toronto, cooked in cutthroat NYC kitchens like Le Cirque 2000, worked with famed restaurateur Daniel Boulud, and assisted in the offices of Vogue’s own Jeffery Steingarten. Her book, “Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater”, may chronicle her life until now, but how does Gail continue to keep separate her true self from her on-camera personality. Or does she? Today’s program was brought to you by Consider Bardwell.




Photo by Melanie Dunea



“I was the only woman in both kitchens I cooked in. They were tough places. When all the guys would leave at the end of the night and go drinking and getting into trouble, I would generally go home and read books.” [30:00]


“I’m not really a food critic, I just play one on TV!” [39:00]


“Being on television, my greatest reward is when somebody comes up to me and says ‘Because I watch your show with my son he now loves to cook and wants to be a chef.’ ” [54:00]


–Gail Simmons on THE FOOD SEEN